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Organic Funding Sources Announced

Two announcements about funding for research related to organic farming:

The Organic Farming Research Foundation plans to invest $450,000 in organic fruit projects over three years; the first deadline for proposals is December 17, 2007.

Thanks to a major new partnership with Stretch Island Fruit Company, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has special funds available to fund research and education projects related to organic fruit production. The OFRF Board of Directors increased the maximum amount of funding for fruit grants only to $20,000 per year, and accepted a policy to fund fruit-related projects only for multiple years, contingent upon availability of funding and submission of satisfactory interim reports.

OFRF will also continue its general grantmaking on any topic related to organic agriculture at a level of $15,000 per year. OFRF offers funds for research on any topic that will improve organic production systems, and for education and outreach projects to share organic farming information with current organic producers and to farmers and ranchers considering transitioning their operations to organic.

OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, researchers, and extension personnel to apply for funding. Farmers and ranchers often find that working with professional researchers can make it easier to design and carry out a research project, and OFRF encourages applications from such partnerships.

OFRF’s grants program has become increasingly competitive over the years, so prospective applicants are encouraged to contact OFRF’s organic research specialist Jane Sooby to discuss their proposal ideas and receive suggestions on how best to compete. Jane Sooby, jane@ofrf.org, phone 831-426-6606.
Requests for proposals are posted online at http://ofrf.org/grants/apply.html

USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) has released its 2008 Request for Applications for the Integrated Organic Program.

CSREES has approximately $4.7 million to disburse in FY 2008. Applications are due January 9, 2008.

Because up-to-date research on organic production has not necessarily yet been published in the literature, CSREES requires that a Current Research Information System (CRIS) data search be conducted and included as an appendix to the application.

The Integrated Organic Program continues to use part of its funding to support long-term projects lasting for 48 months. Applicants must state in their applications that they are seeking long-term support.

A portion of the Integrated Organic Program funds will be directed toward sponsoring workshops or symposia.

Please refer to the Request for Applications for details crucial to submitting a successful application: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/fundview.cfm?fonum=1141

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